Advanced PET/CT scanner combines imaging technologies in one tool
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) are both standard imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint and analyze disease within the body before making treatment recommendations.
But a new imaging tool—the Siemens Biograph TruePoint PET•CT—available at Christiana Care in April, gives a more accurate picture of what is happening than either PET or CT alone, while completing both imaging procedures at once.
The highly advanced equipment integrates PET and CT technologies into a single device, making it possible to obtain both anatomical and functional data for patients with suspected heart disease, cancer or brain disorders during a single exam.
For heart disease
For patients with symptoms of heart disease, a PET/CT scan offers precise imaging to help:
Detect coronary heart disease even before clinical symptoms show.
Predict likelihood of success of angioplasty or bypass surgery.
Determine the extent of coronary heart disease before and after treatment.
Patients with symptoms of cancer benefit from a PET/CT with state-of-the-science imaging capability:
To identify benign and malignant tumors.
To provide a whole-body survey for cancer staging.
To assess tumor aggressiveness.
To monitor success of therapy.
To detect early any disease recurrence.
A PET/CT scan also offers patients with suspected brain disorders
Assessment for Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.
Location of the focus of epileptic seizures prior to surgery.
"We've performed more than 10,000 PET scans at Christiana Care," according to Nuclear Medicine Associate Medical Director Timothy Manzone, M.D. "Each one required careful correlation of the PET data with an anatomic study, usually CT. Imaging the anatomy and metabolism simultaneously with PET/CT is the
optimal way to assess patients, particularly if the study is done with a full diagnostic CT," Dr. Manzone explains.
'More convenient for the patient'
"PET/CT is also much more convenient for the patient, since there is only one appointment and prep, and the scan is faster," Dr. Manzone says. "Christiana Care's PET/CT will be state-of-the-art, with a 64-slice CT, high-resolution PET, 4D respiratory imaging and radiation therapy planning capability.
"This machine directly benefits oncology patients, and also allows us to offer PET imaging for other conditions, particularly in cardiology and neurology, where PET and PET/CT show great promise."